Do Americans support labor unions? Poll says mostly yes

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Americans proceed to point out broad support for organized labor, in keeping with an unique new ballot from Quick Firm and SurveyMonkey, and the COVID-19 pandemic might have sparked a good larger curiosity in unionization amongst employees.

Simply over three-quarters of survey respondents mentioned they have been both “considerably” or “very” supportive of labor unions, whereas solely 11% mentioned they weren’t supportive. What’s extra, 25% of respondents mentioned they’re feeling extra supportive of labor unions than they have been in the beginning of the pandemic a yr in the past, versus solely 12% who mentioned they have been feeling much less supportive. Nearly all of respondents, 53%, mentioned they felt about the identical.

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The survey of 501 U.S. adults was performed in March and included each unionized and non-unionized employees. It comes as hundreds of employees at an Amazon warehouse await a ultimate vote rely that may resolve if they are going to turn into represented by the Retail, Wholesale, and Division Retailer Union—a historic motion that would ignite a seismic shift towards unionized labor inside the world’s largest e-commerce firm.

Amazon employees should not presently unionized in the USA, and the corporate has fiercely opposed unionization, citing its $15/hour beginning wage and well being advantages as attracts in their very own proper. The survey didn’t ask particularly concerning the Amazon union effort.


Apparently, the survey didn’t present enormous variations in support based mostly on components like revenue or age. Older folks have been barely extra prone to say they’re very supportive of labor unions: 36% of respondents over 60 versus 28% of 18- to 29-year-olds. On the similar time, youthful respondents have been the most definitely to say they really feel extra support than they did a yr in the past: 30% mentioned they did versus simply 22% of individuals over 60.

Damaged down by area, New Englanders have been the most definitely to precise sturdy support for unions, with 44% saying they’re very supportive. Respondents from the West North Central area (Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas) have been virtually as prone to specific sturdy support, with 42% saying so. In the meantime, folks from states within the East South Central area (Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi) confirmed the least enthusiasm, with 18% saying they have been by no means supportive of unions.

Total, union membership has been on the decline within the United Sates, however the charge of unionized employees ticked up final yr. In line with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it was 10.8% in 2020, up 0.5 proportion factors in comparison with 2019. Nonetheless, the variety of union employees fell by 321,000 to 14.3 million.